The long and hot summer has turned into a wonderful autumn. The leaves display beautiful colours, red, yellow and brown, and sunny and warm days are followed by cooler nights. As I write this, it is still dry and the pots on the patio need watering – but we brace ourselves as rain and storms have been forecast. We’ve had our Harvest Festival services and in both our churches we have received many Harvest gifts which this year again go to Storehouse, the food bank in Bury St Edmunds. A big ‘Thank You’ to members of our congregations, to our primary schools and the Great Barton Beavers for supporting our Harvest appeal.
Looking at our parish calendar, on 4 November we celebrate All Saints’ Day with a Benefice service at 10.30 am in Great Barton. On that day we commemorate all the saints, known and unknown. It is an old feast based on the tradition of celebrating the saints on the anniversary of their martyrdom. In the afternoon we hold our traditional All Souls’ service. This service is also known as the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed when we remember all those who have died. For me the service will be particularly poignant this year as we lost my mother-in-law in May and my mum a few week ago. If you have lost someone close to you or you want to remember someone who died longer ago, join us on 4 November at 3pm at St Peter’s Church, Thurston. During the service we will read out names and you will be able to light a candle in memory of a loved one.
The following Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, a special one this year as it’s the centenary of the end of the First World War. As in previous years, we will gather by the War Memorial at 10.45am for the Commemoration and two minutes’ silence and then we will process into church for a Service of Remembrance. This is an important event for our nation when we remember and honour those who have lost their lives to protect our freedom.
Also, if you would like someone from the Church to visit, please let me or one of the churchwardens know. And please tell us if someone is ill or in hospital; often people assume that we have heard but sometimes the news hasn’t reached us.
With all good wishes, Yours in Christ, Manette
Rev’d Manette Crossman, Vicar of Great Barton and Thurston Tel. 01284 787554 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org